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Applause for NHS Workers

By Phantom On March 27th, 2020 at 3:07 pm

Some of us foreigners may have missed it.

Yesterday, across the United Kingdom, there was a moment where many stepped outside to applaud the brave NHS workers who are at the front line of a health care crisis.

If I were there, I would have been applauding also.

Much of the comment we see can be an endless litany of cranky complaints and never any compliments about the NHS or it’s staff. Yet the NHS is much loved among the British public.

Good show, ye British. Good show, NHS workers. Stay safe.

Thanks for the Laughs

By Patrick Van Roy On March 27th, 2020 at 12:48 am

Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal dies at age 77

Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut

The basketball world received some sad news on Thursday with reports that Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal has passed away at the age of 77, per TMZ Sports.

Neal’s 22-year stint with the exhibition team included north of 6,000 games and some incredible moments in front of awe-inspired fans.

Neal suited up with the Globetrotters during the height of their popularity from 1963-85, playing in 97 different countries. He’s right up there with Meadowlark Lemon as one of the most popular all-time members of the Globetrotters.

He became one of just five former members of the Globetrotters to have his jersey retired back in 2008, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes and Goose Tatum.

Neal is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren and his fiancée, Linda Ware.

Our thoughts go out to the Globetrotters family and the entire basketball world during these most difficult of times.

 

“THE STATE WILL SAVE US!”

By Pete Moore On March 26th, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Do I really regard the state as incompetent? Do I really think that government is a perennial disaster? Read on.

The government says a communications mix-up meant it missed the deadline to join an EU scheme to get extra ventilators for the coronavirus crisis.

Ministers were earlier accused of putting Brexit before public health when Downing Street said the UK had decided to pursue its own scheme.

But No 10 now says officials did not get emails inviting the UK to join and it could join future schemes.

Thanks to copious imports of Chinese Disease people are struggling to breathe. So we can join a scheme to get more ventilators. (Whether or not it’s wise to do so is entirely irrelevant here. The scheme exists and there’s access to it.)

But the UK didn’t join the scheme, because someone didn’t get an email.

Let that sink in.

CHEEK, CHEEK EVERYWHERE

By Pete Moore On March 26th, 2020 at 7:32 pm

But I applaud this Mexican cheek, probably a big red cheek, under a sombrero, filled with burritos.

Mexican protesters have shut a US southern border crossing amid fears that untested American travellers will spread coronavirus.

Residents in Sonora, south of the US state of Arizona, have promised to block traffic into Mexico for a second day after closing a checkpoint for hours on Wednesday.

They wore face masks and held signs telling Americans to “stay at home”.

Hey, no problemo. It’s their country after all. If they want be so racist and so bigoted as to keep even documented visitors out, well that’s their call. Isn’t it, comrades? I think they should go further and blockade the border permanently.

WHY WAS NEW YORK HIT SO HARD?

By Pete Moore On March 26th, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Bill de Blasio told people to “get on with your lives and get out on the town despite Coronavirus”.

Democrat council member Mark D. Levine told people to get out and enjoy the Chinese new year “despite Coronavirus fearmongering”.

New York’s Health Commissioner now wants people to stay at home. She’s changed her tune. She was peddling the same claptrap as her compadres not so long ago. They have such a cheek on the left. Every day they bang on about Trump, expecting him to equip every ward in the country. But New York City is setting up makeshift morgues, because these incompetents are running the show. Like the Chinese, they must never be allowed to forget what they did –

NO GWEILO ALLOWED

By Pete Moore On March 26th, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Those cheeky Chinks.

@dpa_intl

#BREAKING China says it will suspend the entry of foreign nationals holding valid visas and resident permits in an effort to curb the number of imported cases of the coronavirus

Ok, it’s their country. But they should never be allowed to forget that it was disgusting Chinese appetites and filthy Chinese hygiene standards which started this thing. And thanks to the endless lies of the Chinese Communist Party, tens of thousands of people will die from their Chinese Disease and the global economy has tanked.

Many leftists criticised President Trump for seeking to close entry to the Chinese and their virus. They can feel free to likewise criticise the regime which started it.

Just something for you to comment on besides Corona

By Patrick Van Roy On March 26th, 2020 at 4:17 am

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME FOR SOME

By Pete Moore On March 25th, 2020 at 6:45 pm

Some 405,000 people have signed up in 24 hours to volunteer with the NHS after a recruitment drive to help the vulnerable amid the coronavirus crisis, the PM Boris Johnson has announced.

Speaking at his daily news conference, he said they would play an “absolutely crucial” role in fighting the virus.

The helpers are needed for delivering food and medicines, driving patients to appointments and phoning the isolated.

Well done to all who have stepped forward. I do hope background checks will be possible. We don’t want wrong’uns involved, and it’s wrong’uns who always look for an opportunity.

Right now a load of people are at home realising that their job isn’t really all that important. It might pay well, they might work in a fancy office, and they be able to to fancy things on a PC. But right now they’re just a spare part in a draw. When this is over plenty of people will give up the PR/media/fashion/whatever job for something more rewarding.

IT’S NOT JUST THE ELDERLY

By Pete Moore On March 25th, 2020 at 6:34 pm

@SkyNews

A 21-year-old woman is believed to be the youngest person with no pre-existing health conditions to have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK.

Too many people are still too casual about this. I even see the elderly out and about. You have to wonder just what it will take to get people to wake up.

Prince Charles woke up too late. He’s tested positive for coronavirus and he’s 71. Some people need to be told that they are not too important. Stop being out there, stop the gladhanding and sit it out. He’s had meetings and done the usual routine lately. God knows how many he might have infected.

Rand Paul ought to have known better. I like him. All societies need its champions for liberty, particularly with statism running unchecked right now. But when he was tested positive for coronavirus his office tweeted that “He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.”

I think that right now is a really good time for princes and senators and all the rest to ditch the travel and events and meetings and photo ops. It’s about time that this behaviour was viewed as anti-social.

Where it Stands

By Patrick Van Roy On March 25th, 2020 at 11:56 am

Exact details of all the provisions in the historic bill are yet to be revealed, but major parts have been leaked. Here’s what the rescue package provisions:

  • $250 billion will be set aside for direct payments to Americans, reports CNN.
  • From this sum, direct payments of $1,200 will be given to adult Americans who make $75,000 or less in adjusted gross income. Another $500 will also be given for each child in a family.
  • Another $250 billion will be used to bolster unemployment benefits. Unemployment insurance will be extended to four months, reports Bloomberg. Weekly benefits will rise by $600 as well and more types of workers will be covered under the unemployment insurance scheme.
  • $130 billion will go to the hardest-hit hospitals.
  • Cash-strapped state and local governments will also be able to draw from a $150 billion pot set aside for them.
  • $350 billion will be made available as loans to small businesses.
  • Another $500 billion will be available for loans to “distressed companies.”
  • 10%, or $50 billion of that amount, will go to the airlines.

But along with the money being made available, Senate Democrats won significant concessions from the White House and Senate Republicans in the form of restraints on corporations and oversight of the funds. Specifically:

  • Companies that receive a government loan will not be allowed to buy back stock during the time the loan is outstanding and until one year after it is paid back, reports Bloomberg.
  • Those companies will also have to limit executive bonuses.
  • The terms of the loans would also need to be made public by the Treasury.
  • The deal also excludes companies owned by President Trump or his family from accessing the loans.
  • Companies owned by Vice President Mike Pence, any member of Congress, or a head of any executive department are also banned from receiving loans.

While the Senate has agreed on the package, it still needs to be voted on, which is expected to happen later today. Then the stimulus package will be sent to the House where it must pass before it can be signed into law by the president.